“The Last of Us Part II” won the biggest prize of the night at the 2020 Game Awards.
In addition to the game of the year, Naughty Dog’s hit sequel won several other big awards throughout the night, including best direction, narrative, action/adventure game, audio design, and performance for Laura Bailey. Other big winners were Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy VII Remake” (best score and sound and RPG), “Hades” (best indie game and action game), and “Among Us” (best multiplayer game and mobile game).
The 2020 ceremony aired live from Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo from three in-studio, audience-less locations. Speaking to Variety in September, host Geoff Keighley said they “would never normally be able to have three cities live” — which inspired the big-scale idea.
“This is a unique year of circumstances, so let’s try that. I think it sends a really great message, and I think it’s what I’d like to do more of,” he said.
The show featured musical performances from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and appearances from special guests including Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, JackSepticEye, John David Washington, Josef Fares, Keanu Reeves, Nolan North, Reggie Fils-Aime, Stephen A. Smith, Tom Holland, Troy Baker, and Christopher Nolan, who announced the final award.
And, as in past years, the ceremony also had a number of big reveals and exclusive looks. Those included the addition of “Final Fantasy VII’s” Sephiroth as the next “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” fighter, a tease of the next “Dragon Age” and a look at the latest “Among Us” map.
See a full list of winners below.
Game of the Year
The Last of Us Part II – Naughty Dog (WINNER) Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo Doom Eternal – id Software Final Fantasy VII Remake – Square Enix Ghost of Tsushima – Sucker Punch Hades – Supergiant Games
The Last of Us Part II – Naughty Dog (WINNER) Final Fantasy VII Remake – Square Enix Ghost of Tsushima – Sucker Punch Hades – Supergiant Games Half-Life Alyx – Valve
Most Anticipated Game
Elden Ring – From Software/Bandai Namco (WINNER) Halo Infinite – 343/Xbox Game Studios Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla Games/SIE God of War Sequel – SIE Santa Monica/SIE Resident Evil Village – Capcom The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel – Nintendo
The Last of Us Part II (WINNER) 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Final Fantasy VII Remake Ghost of Tsushima Hades
Ghost of Tsushima (WINNER) Final Fantasy VII Remake Hades Ori and the Will of the Wisps The Last of Us Part II
Score and Music
Final Fantasy VII Remake (WINNER) Doom Eternal Hades Ori and the Will of the Wisps The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II (WINNER) Doom Eternal Half-Life: Alyx Ghost of Tsushima Resident Evil 3
Laura Bailey – Abby, The Last of Us Part II (WINNER) Ashley Johnson – Ellie, The Last of Us Part II Daisuke Tsuji – Jin, Ghost of Tsushima Logan Cunningham – Hades, Hades Nadji Jeterm – Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Games for Impact
Tell Me Why (WINNER) If Found… Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition Spiritfarer Through Darkest of Times
No Man’s Sky (WINNER) Apex Legends Destiny 2 Call of Duty: Warzone Fortnite
Hades (WINNER) Carrion Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Spelunky 2 Spiritfarer
Debut Indie Game
Phasmophobia (WINNER) Carrion Mortal Shell Raji: An Acient Epic Roki
Among Us (WINNER) Call of Duty Mobile Genshin Impact Legends of Runeterra Pokémon Cafe Mix
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (WINNER) Apex Legends Destiny 2 Fortnite No Man’s Sky Valorant
Half-Life: Alyx (WINNER) Dreams Marvel’s Iron Man VR Star Wars: Squadrons The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
Innovation in Accessibility
The Last of Us Part II (WINNER) Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Grounded Hyperdot Watch Dogs Legion
Hades (WINNER) Doom Eternal Half-Life: Alyx Nioh 2 Streets of Rage 4
The Last of Us Part II (WINNER) Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ghost of Tsushima Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ori and the Will of the Wisps Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Final Fantasy VII Remake (WINNER) Genshin Impact Persona 5 Royal Wasteland 3 Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (WINNER) Granblue Fantasy: Versus Street Fighter V: Champion Edition One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Under Night In-Birth Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (WINNER) Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Minecraft Dungeons Paper Mario: The Origami King
Microsoft Flight Simulator (WINNER) Crusader Kings 3 Desperados 3 Gears Tactics XCOM: Chimera Squad#
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (WINNER) Dirt 5 F1 2020 FIFA 21 NBA 2K21
Among Us (WINNER) Animal Crossing: New Horizons Call of Duty: Warzone Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Valorant
Content Creator of the Year
Valkyrae (WINNER) Alanah Pearce Jay Ann Lopez Nickmercs TimTheTatman
Heo “Showmaker” Su (WINNER) Ian “Crimsix” Porter Kim “Canyon” Geon-Bu Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro Matthieu “Zywoo” Herbaut
Danny “Zonic” Sorensen (WINNER) Dae-Hee “Crusty” Park Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann Lee “Zefa” Jae-Min Raymond “Rambo” Lussier
League of Legends World Championship 2020 (WINNER) Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals Call of Duty League Championship 2020 IEM Katowice 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020
League of Legends (WINNER) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Fortnite Valorant
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere (WINNER) Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez Alex “Machine” Richardson James “Dash” Patterson Jorien “Sheever” Van der Heijden
G2 Esports (WINNER) Damwon Gaming Dallas Empire San Francisco Shock Team Secret